A New York, Coney Island tradition, ‘Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest’ once again crowned Joey Chestnut as champion – for the 8th year in a row!
The contest rewards the person who can eat as many hot dogs (including the buns) as they can in the time given.
The contest dates back possibly as far as 1916, but it wasn’t until Japanese man, Takeru Kobayashi managed to devour 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes that the contest became famous in 2001.
Takeru won the competition for six years running until Joey Chestnut stole his title in 2007. Joey is currently ranked first in the world in competitive eating and this year managed to devour 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, however his personal record was set last year with 69.
Winning the competition left Joey with the official winner’s belt and a $40,000 cash price.The contest is now shown on the ESPN channel live and is watched by millions of people each year.
Article written by D Mulhern